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Iran beats US in wrestling cup final

TEHRAN: As the US and Iran wrangle over sanctions and missile tests, their athletes grappled in the ring on Friday in wrestling’s Freestyle World Cup final, with the Iranians emerging victorious. Iran won the tournament in five out of eight weight categories following three days of bouts in the Kurdish-majority city of Kermanshah. Iranian wrestlers…

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February 17, 2017

 

Pakistan women go down fighting hard in semifinal

ISLAMABAD: In their first ever semi final appearance at the Asian Hockey Federation Cup, Pakistani women went down to hosts Thailand 1-5 in Bangkok on Saturday. According to information received here, the FIH’s 55th ranked Pakistan, who have surprised everyone by reaching the semfinal, were outplayed by the 35th ranked Thailand. Pakistani girls fought well,…

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October 8, 2016

 

Goal-hungry Lewandowski eyes Cup final berth

BERLIN: Robert Lewandowski is firmly focused on adding to his impressive goal-haul when Bayern Munich hunt a place in the German Cup final in Tuesday’s semi-final at home to Werder Bremen. Having drawn Atletico Madrid in the last four of the Champions League, Bayern are chasing a repeat of their 2013 treble when they added…

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April 18, 2016

 

Davis Cup: Pak-Indonesia clash today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will play semi-final of Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group two tie against Indonesia at Jakarta hard courts on Tuesday. As Aisam ul Haq is out of team due to knee injury, Aqeel Khan is drawn to play first match against Indonesian player and second match will be held between Samir Iftikhar and Indonesian…

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July 14, 2015

 

US beats Japan 5-2 to win Women's World Cup

VANCOUVER, Canada: Carli Lloyd became the first woman to score a hattrick in a World Cup final as she inspired the United States to a 5-2 demolition of defending champions Japan on Sunday. The United States, winners in 1991 and 1999, became the first nation to win the crown three times and avenged their loss…

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July 6, 2015

 

Chile students pelt cops with footballs as Cup kicks off

SANTIAGO: Chilean students pelted police with hundreds of colorful footballs Thursday in an offbeat protest ahead of the kickoff of the Copa America, the South American championship.  Seeking to harness the football frenzy ahead of host country Chile's opening match against Ecuador Thursday night, thousands of students threw and kicked footballs at the heavy police…

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June 11, 2015

 

PCB body on World Cup defeat meets today

LAHORE: A five-member body of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will meet today (Friday) to review the performance of players as well as causes of Pakistan’s defeat in World Cup 2015. ‘World Cup 2015 Review Group’ consists of PCB Chairman Shaharyar Mohammad Khan, Chairman Executive Committee Najam Sethi, Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmed, Wasim Bari and…

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April 3, 2015

 

Tendulkar calls for 25-team World Cup

Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday blasted proposals to slash the 2019 World Cup to just 10 nations, describing it as “a backward step” and suggesting the tournament be expanded to 25 teams. Tendulkar, an ambassador for the World Cup on behalf of the International Cricket Council said the ICC should be expanding the frontiers…

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March 4, 2015

 

Cricket: Five magic moments at the World Cup so far

SYDNEY: Five magic moments at the 2015 Cricket World Cup as the tournament takes its first rest day on Monday: Captain Morgan or invisible man? – England captain Eoin Morgan was introduced as 'Eoin Rogers' by the mayor of Wellington when the team arrived in the New Zealand capital. Morgan, 28, shrugged off the gaffe:…

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March 1, 2015

 

Thirimanne Sri Lanka's latest World Cup centurion

WELLINGTON: Lahiru Thirimanne became Sri Lanka's fourth century maker at this year's World Cup on Sunday, underlining the 1996 champion's potent batting line-up. Thirimanne hit 100 off 117 balls as Sri Lanka chased 310 for victory against England in Wellington, hitting two 10 fours and one six. The 25-year-old was dropped twice on his way…

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March 1, 2015

 

Ireland see off UAE in World Cup thriller

Brisbane: Ireland held their nerve to beat the United Arab Emirates by two wickets with just four balls to spare at Brisbane's Gabba Ground on Wednesday as they moved a step closer to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Set 279 for victory after Shaiman Anwar scored the UAE's first World Cup hundred, Ireland were…

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February 25, 2015

 

Steyn v Gayle with World Cup reputations at stake

SYDNEY: Struggling South African fast bowler Dale Steyn must find a way to contain record-breaking West Indian batsman Chris Gayle in Friday's crunch World Cup clash. Steyn's cutting edge has been blunted at the tournament so far with his two matches giving him total figures of two for 119 from a win over Zimbabwe and…

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February 25, 2015

 

Timeline on Pakistan World Cup turmoil

BRISBANE: Factfile on Pakistan's World Cup turmoil after chief selector Moin Khan was reportedly spotted in a casino in Christchurch hours before the team's defeat by the West Indies: Feb 12: Eight Pakistan players, including maverick former captain Shahid Afridi, fined for breaching a team curfew ahead of their crucial World Cup game against India. They…

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February 24, 2015

 

Gayle hits 1st ever World Cup 200

CANBERRA, Australia: West Indies opener Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score a double century in a World Cup innings when he reached the landmark against Zimbabwe in a Pool B clash in Canberra on Tuesday. Gayle, who might have been given out lbw before he had scored, brought up his first double century…

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February 24, 2015

 

Cricket: Rare World Cup opening century for England

CHRISTCHURCH: England became only the second team to produce a century opening stand in the World Cup with a flying start to their Pool A match against Scotland in Christchurch on Monday. With England under fire after being trounced in their first two games, Moeen Ali and Ian Bell took them to three figures in…

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February 23, 2015

 

India's Dhoni excited by World Cup progress

MELBOURNE: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his team was on the right track at the World Cup after hammering South Africa by 130 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Shikhar Dhawan hit 137 as the defending champions piled up 307 for seven and then bundled out the Proteas for 177 with almost…

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February 22, 2015

 

England's one-day faults exposed at World Cup

SYDNEY: England great Ian Botham, after seeing New Zealand thrash Eoin Morgan's men by eight wickets in their World Cup pool clash at Wellington, was clear. “In nearly 40 years of playing for and watching England in one-day cricket, I have not seen a worse performance,” the legendary all-rounder wrote in his Daily Mirror column….

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February 21, 2015

 

McCullum hits fastest World Cup fifty

WELLINGTON: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum recorded the fastest-ever World Cup fifty when he reached the landmark off just 18 balls against England at Wellington on Friday. The opener's whirlwind half-century featured seven fours and four sixes as New Zealand rapidly closed in on victory after skittling England out for just 123. McCullum beat his…

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February 20, 2015

 

FIFA candidate Figo proposes 48-team World Cup

LONDON: Former Portugal winger Luis Figo launched his campaign for the FIFA presidency on Thursday by revealing plans to expand the World Cup to up to 48 teams. Unveiling his manifesto at Wembley Stadium in London, the 42-year-old said the expansion of the quadrennial tournament from its current 32-team format would be “weighted towards non-European…

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February 19, 2015

 

World Cup revives a career interrupted for Elliott

WELLINGTON: Watching the 1992 World Cup got New Zealand's Grant Elliott suspended from school but also set him on the path to a career as a professional cricket.   Twenty-three years on and the all-rounder has the 2015 version of the global showpiece to thank for bringing an end to a two-year suspension of his…

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February 19, 2015

 

Afghan adventure continues with World Cup debut

CANBERRA: Born in refugee camps and nurtured in the midst of bloody civil strife, Afghanistan's cricketers reach another landmark on their extraordinary journey on Wednesday when they make their World Cup debut against Bangladesh. Cricket came to Afghanistan from neighbouring Pakistan, where countless Afghans fled following the 1979 Soviet invasion of their homeland. Mohammad Nabi,…

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February 18, 2015

 
 
 
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